Daily Archives: August 2, 2011

It’s That Time Again!!

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What? You can get it in different shirt colors but not skin tones?! C-O-N ... spiracy!

What the hizzay?!?!?! 

One of my friends posted this pic on FB with the caption, “the saddest product ever.” And, I know what you’re thinking, “What the … ?!?! What do they have going on over there?!?” But guess what? It’s not only available abroad!! You can purchase this handy, dandy little device stateside on Amazon.com for the AMAZINGLY low price of $29.95!!  Yes, that’s right!! JUST $29.95!!! The Boyfriend Pillow, get yours now!!!

And guys, don’t think we’ve left you out!  Because, for the same low, low price, you can also get The Girlfriend Pillow!!!

I'm sorry, this is looking a little suspect. That doesn't look like any PJ shirt to me!

And that’s it for today’s episode of “She’s So Random!”  Ya’ll come back now!

Threadmill Discount Extended!!

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The HairStory contest may be over, but guess what? The Threadmill good times keep rolling!!! Dottie, the owner of this Etsy shop, has graciously offered to extend the coupon code for Hairscapades readers until August 31st!! So, for any order you place from now until then, you can still receive 10% off of your entire purchase (excludes S&H charges) when you enter coupon code: HAIRSCAPADES10.

(p.s. Hands off that necklace/headband! I’ve been eyeing it for a couple of months now, just haven’t gotten around to buying it.;))

Length Check Video and DIY Tee

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Okay, so putting the GOC participants posts together is a lot of work!! LOL! I really wanted to try to get up another 15 contenders up today, but you all will have to be satisfied with the additional 5 posted this morning. I may be able to post another 5 this evening, but I’m not making any promises as I still have to reply to a lot of your comments too!!

In regard to this “hiccup” in the plan, I do have a good excuse. As you all know (I think), I’ve been slacking on my exercise routine since my Rugged Maniac on July 9th, only attending a few hot yoga classes since then. I’ve been promising myself and my SO that, come August 1st, I WILL get back on my grind as one of my GOC goals is to maintain my weight loss. One of the ways that I lost 25 pounds during the NC.com Kim Coles’ GOC was by vowing not to work on my hair blog until I exercised on scheduled days. Once I lost the weight, I wasn’t so compliant with that:/. I am now rededicating myself to that vow in order to relive my typical 6 month weight yo-yo cycle. So, if you don’t see a post from me on a weekday or only one, you know what happened (well that, or I was too exhausted from my workout to post! *lol*)! And, it’s your job to hold me accountable as I will you!!

That being said, I was only able to complete the post for the Fourth Wave of GOC contenders last night. But, being the nice person that I am;-), I thought I might try something to appease  you guys. So, I filmed a quick length check video before I hit the basement for my kettlebell workout (technically, that’s not hair blogging;))! AND, in the video, I’m wearing my completed DIY Length Check Tee!! Once I picked up some better fabric markers from Michael’s, I was able to finish it. How did you guys do with yours?!

Well, without further ado, here is my official Hairscapades GOC Kick-Off video!!  Not only am I the president, I’m a client too!! *LOL*

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(Btw, what do you guys think of the site’s new theme? I wanted one that display the complete posts and pics when viewing the archives under the menu tabs. This theme did that and I thought it was a little different and more visually engaging, but not so different that you think you wonder where you are or feel that it was too much change.)

GOC Contenders – The Fourth Wave

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T i f f a n y   N.

Current State: Hair – Chin length (front), Shoulder length/SL (sides), armpit length/APL (back); Weight – 147 lbs

Goals: Hair – Shoulder length/SL (front), armpit length/APL (sides), bra-strap length/BSL (back); Weight – 125 to 128 lbs

Hair Regimen:

Daily: Rinse hair or co-wash with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration or Suave Coconut Conditioner

Weekly:  Deep condition

Bi-weekly: Shampoo with Burt’s Bees baby shampoo except when I go swimming.

Styling: Bun a minimum of five times a week, except the week of October 16-23 when I will be on vacation and will bun two times. Use a moisturizer such as Cantu Shea Butter and IC Olive Oil styling gel.  Baggy at night three days a week with olive oil or coconut oil and conditioner.  Other days, wash and go (WnG) with Kinky Curly products or Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HE HH).

 Weight Loss Regimen:

  • Strength train twice a week for an hour each time
  • Run/walk for 30 minutes to an hour four times a week
  • Moderate my portion size by eating from smaller plates
  • Increase vegetable intake
  • Increase water intake
  • Limit fast food to twice a month

Reward: For every five pounds I lose, I treat myself to a massage or a mani/pedi at Bliss Spa.  When I reach my goal weight, I will buy a new wardrobe (which I’ll need anyway).

Journal: I will keep track of my progress in a paper journal on a weekly basis.

M i s s   L e a h

Current State: Hair – Armpit length/APL (front & sides), between APL and bra-strap length/BSL (back); Weight – 183 lbs

Goals: Hair – retain FOUR inches to achieve full BSL; Weight – 160 t 163 lbs (lose 20 lbs)

Hair Regimen:

Weekly (Friday or Saturday):

  • Wash with Aussie Moist shampoo and olive oil (I just bought Mixed Silk, so might change to this depending on how it works.)
  • Condition with Aussie Moist conditioner to detangle
  • Deep condition overnight with Henna Placenta and raw shea butter on the edges with a plastic cap (overnight)
  • Rinse in the morning and “silk” coconut oil through along with tea tree oil.
  • Saturate hair with homemade “cream crack solution”: raw shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, t tree oil, honey, and a dollop of Cantu leave-in conditioner (I occasionally use Shea Moisture Deep Condition Masque or Curly Pudding)
  • Style: Cornrow/twist hair, put a little Eco Styler on the ends and roll with straws so that ends are curly.

Mid-week (Wednesday-ish):

  • Wet hair with water and re-oil ends
  • Style: Bun or pony tail for the week.

Weight Loss Regimen: I had been doing the following, but have been slacking and consuming more food since I stopped tracking what I ate (due to laziness and my love affair with ice cream).

  • Chart food intake with My fitness Planner tracker app on phone (this will give an allotted amount of calories per day)
  • Increase water intake
  • Increase natural, fresh veggies intake
  • Eliminate all meat except fish and chicken
  • Continue to consume whole grain foods.

Reward: My milestone reward shall be ICE CREAM, in small portions of course. JK!! I will buy new fabric for my sewing hobby for every 5 lbs lost. If I reach both goals, I will do a photo shoot (I have to get back to my model size first! lol!).

Follow me online: http://adiamondthroughthefire.blogspot.com/

L a k i s h a   a k a   K i s h  K i s h

Current state: Hair – Thirsty; Weight – 264 lbs

Goals: Hair – Quenched; Weight –  214 lbs (I know that inches count more than pounds, but for the sake of the challenge, my goal is to lose 50 lbs.)

Hair Regimen:

  • Moisturize as often as needed
  • Increase water intake as I know that hydrating my body also hydrates my hair.
  • Commit to covering hair with a satin scarf NIGHTLY! This is a trial b/c the scarves tend to give me headaches and I loathe bonnets.
  • Shampoo every other Sunday night, if needed
  • Deep condition
  • Wear more protective styles (twists) as opposed to usual WnGs.

Weight Loss Regimen: 

Aug. 1 – Aug. 31:

  • Fish/only diet (no other meats for the entire month)
  • Hip Hop Abs Workout.

Sept. 1 – Sept. 30:

  • Rotate Hip Hop Abs and Walk Away the Pounds
  • Healthy diet

Beginning October 1:

  •  Try Insanity again

Reward: I’m sure that if I reach my goal I will need an entire new wardrobe so that will be my reward.  Even if I don’t make the goal of 50 pounds, if I stick to my routine, I will reward myself.

Follow me online:  http://naturallykish.wordpress.com/

T i a n n a

Current State: Hair – Between neck length/NL and collarbone length/CBL (sides), shoulder length (back), upper lip (front); Weight – 290 lbs (Soooo not happy =(. But, I will be completely honest and candid for a lie would be one told to myself.)

Goals: Hair – Armpit length (APL); Weight – 225 lbs (Lose 40 lbs by Nov. 1st [I’m going on a cruise!] and a total of 65 lbs by Jan. 31st)

Hair Regimen: My ends were trimmed June 23rd (I keep a calendar). For the past 4 weeks, I have been doing henna, deep conditioning and wearing twists (one of my least favorite styles) weekly. Since I have been back in the gym, I have to wear something that has longevity. I want to take an oath that I will NOT buy any new products without using what I already have at home *pinky swear*!

Weekly:

  • Wash (currently using about 5 different shampoos, none of which I’m lost in love with)
  • Deep condition
  • Apply leave-in conditioner (Kimmaytube leave-in w/aloe vera gel)
  • Style:  Depends on what events are happening that week; If twisting, Apply mix of essential oils, shea butter(melted) and aloe vera gel.

Bi-weekly (Every 2 weeks):

  • Henna

Weight Loss Regimen:

  • Lean meat
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • 100% whole wheat
  • Water
  • Only indulge in bad carbs, sweets and vino lightly on the weekend as a dinner or lunch option (like Saturday & Sunday)
  • Minimum of 7 hours of exercise weekly
  • Weigh in weekly

Reward: Paying closer attention to my hair will not only strengthen it but will also be a way to pamper, discipline myself and create some healthy habits. As far as weight loss, this well decrease the chances of being at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, which run in my family. Also, a Huetiful Hair Steamer or maybe a Hairscapades GOC Meet-Up in a fun city (p.s. My birthday is February 2nd, so it’s a “twofer!” lol!).

T W h i t e

Current State: Hair – Armpit length (APL)

Goals: Hair – Bra-strap length (BSL); Weight – Lose 3-5 lbs and maintain weight and healthy lifestyle
Hair Regimen: I am currently transitioning – 13 month post relaxer. I got my end trimmed on 7/28 for the challenge. I am still trying to find those Holy Grail or “go to” products and styles. I am somewhat of a PJ and it’s all YouTube’s fault (you gotta blame someone or something;). However, my husband told me that I could not buy any more products until I use what I have. So with help from him and my 3 boys, every time they run out of conditioner, I give them a bottle from my stash.

Weekly:

  • Wash – Giovanni
  • Condition – Giovanni, HE Hello Hydration
  • Leave-In Conditioner – Kimmaytube Recipe

Nightly:

  • Moisturize and seal – shea butter mixture

Monthly:

  • Hot oil treatment

Every 6 weeks:

  • Protein treatment – Aphogee

As needed:

  • Strengthen/Deep Condition As Needed – Aussie 3 Min
  • Ends & Edges – HELTR (Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship)

Fitness Regimen

Spiritual Goal :

  • Continue to read/study the Word of God and pray more
  • Worry about nothing and pray about everything

Reward: Not sure if you would consider this a reward but depending upon the about of hair growth I gain during this challenge, I would reward myself in cutting off the reminder of the relaxed ends.

Journal: I do not have any links to post at this time, but I do keep a journal.

(p.s. I currently attend monthly Natural Hair Meet-Ups in Charlotte, NC, held the 4th Saturday of each month.)

G r o w   B a b y   G r o w ! ! !